Tech

Zoom launches measures to improve cyber security

The video chat program Zoom received a lot of criticism for its privacy policy. For example, hackers could easily penetrate the video calls and the data of many users ended up on Chinese servers. This is now changing with the introduction of some major security updates.

Due to the quarantine measures, Zoom has become an important part of our lives. It is estimated that some 300 million people use the online work meeting and private conversation program on a daily basis. Still, Zoom’s image was seriously damaged by privacy issues.

Because it wanted to tackle it as soon as possible, the video chat service enlisted the help of Alex Stamos, the former chief of cyber security at Facebook. On his advice, the following security updates have been added to the system.

Security icon

This feature should make the way to security settings easier. The call host can directly access and change the video call settings at any time by pressing this button. The time of navigating through complicated menus seems to be over for good.

Report users

With this extension of the security icon, Zoom makes it possible to report suspicious users. If you activate this function, the program will immediately take a screenshot of the user and make a copy of his shared data. Then Zoom will screen the account for possible violations. Zoom bombing, the intrusion of video calls and the distribution of unwanted messages, should therefore decrease sharply.

Locking

Another criticism was the lack of end-to-end encryption. In human language, this means that the video chat was accessible to everyone, even those who were not invited to do so. By rewriting part of the system, unwanted intruders can no longer attend the video calls. That system is not waterproof, although it is the most reliable option for the time being.

In addition, Zoom users no longer have to worry about Chinese hackers. From now on, they choose the data center region they want to use.

Waiting room

Finally, we have the waiting room function. Until now it was only available for paying accounts, but there is now an exception for people from education. The waiting room function gives users the option to temporarily close the conversation for other users. This suddenly makes a video call a lot clearer.

Tags

Related Articles

Back to top button
Close
Close